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Junior Associate vs Associate at McKinsey

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Hi. Can anyone explain to me the difference between a Junior Associate & an Associate role at McKinsey? Also, in the Expert track, for an experienced hire, I believe he/she would join as a Junior Specialist. Is that equivalent to a Junior Associate role in the Generalist track?

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Vlad replied on 07/30/2017
McKinsey / Accenture / Got all BIG3 offers / More than 300 real MBB cases / Harvard Business School


First of all being a junior associate has both pros and cons.


  • If you have never worked in consulting this is a good starting point since you can get more experience before starting to manage projects and have more time to improve if you fail something
  • The quarterly evaluation process is less tough than for an associate
  • You automatically get promoted to ASC in 1 year


  • Lower salary and bonus
  • +1 year longer career path

Re your second question - not really. Expert track has it's own path, salary, etc

Good luck!

replied on 07/30/2017
Former Mckinsey and BCG consultant focused on Digital & Technology applied to Business

Junior associate is a loevel lowe than associate, it is between associate and Business analyist.

Ttipycally it is the level you enter after PHD or if you are an industry hire.

It is much more difficult to compare this role with the expert track because they are significantly different.

Hope this help,


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